U.S. stocks fall amid tension, consumer confidence report

DESPITE AN UNEXPECTED RISE IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, U.S. equities at the New York Stock Exchange fell Tuesday morning on worries over potential military action in Syria by the United States in relation to the alleged use of chemical weapons there. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JIN LEE
DESPITE AN UNEXPECTED RISE IN CONSUMER CONFIDENCE, U.S. equities at the New York Stock Exchange fell Tuesday morning on worries over potential military action in Syria by the United States in relation to the alleged use of chemical weapons there. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JIN LEE
NEW YORK - U.S. stocks fell, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index sliding for a second day, as growing tension over possible military action in Syria overshadowed a report showing consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in August. All 10 groups in the benchmark equity gauge dropped. American Express Co. lost 1.3 percent to pace declines…

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